What are you reading?
I’ve just had the pleasure of reading ‘Affinity’ by Sarah Waters, involving a single woman in the Victorian era who starts visiting a young woman in prison who claims to be a spirit medium. It was utterly compelling; the imagery is vivid and the story unfolds effortlessly. I’m currently reading ‘Fever of Animals’ by Miles Allinson, which follows a young man who’s determined to track down the story of surrealist painter who went missing in a forest in Romania. The book deservedly won the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – the writing is exquisite. I’ve also started a charming memoir called ‘A Prescribed Life’ by Tony Atkinson who worked as a casual footman for the royal family (written with Lynn Smailes). It made me laugh out loud from the first page, which is always a good sign!
What are you listening to?
I listen to music constantly when I’m at work and when I’m writing. At the moment my favourites are Peter Sculthorpe’s ‘Earth Cry’ with William Barton, Joni Mitchell’s ‘Turbulent Indigo’ album and various songs by Nick Cave, Kate Bush and P J Harvey. I’ve also become a big podcast fan; they’re great for listening to on the train. I became addicted to the ‘Serial’ podcast for a while and am now enjoying ‘Stuff You Should Know’ and ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’.
What are you watching?
I’ve been binge-watching ‘Broadchurch Series 2’ and ‘The Night Manager’, both featuring the fantastic Olivia Colman. I’ve also been revisiting some classics including Fritz Lang’s ‘M’, ‘Vertigo’ and Powell & Pressburgers’ ‘The Red Shoes’. Plus I’m an Agatha Christie fan so I’ve been watching all the Miss Marples and Poirots – I’m not ashamed.
What have you got a taste for?
Chocolate. Every day I eat two Haigh’s dark chocolate ganache truffles and four squares of Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate and sometimes break up the routine with a bit of Old Gold Rum N Raisin or a Peppermint Kit-kat. If I’m doing a writing all-nighter, I will also get into the Simon Coll 99% cocoa bar.
What scents surround you?
I’ve been visiting the Blue Mountains a lot and I love being surrounded by the beautiful scent of eucalyptus oil in the air. At home I use pink grapefruit scent to lift my spirits in the morning and lavender and bergamot to relax me at night.
Georgina Luck’s short stories have been published in various literary journals/anthologies including Griffith REVIEW, Southerly, Overland, Etchings and the Margaret River Press collection ‘Things that are found in trees & other stories’. She received the 2009 Griffith REVIEW/Text Publishing Emerging Writers Award-Fiction and has been highly commended/shortlisted in various national competitions including the 2011 Fellowship of Australian Writers Manuscript Award. She is currently producing a short film version of her story ‘The Last Babushka Doll’; the story was published by Margaret River Press, who have also generously sponsored the film project.